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Obituary of JOHN M. CARR
Former Frederickite Is Taken, by Death

John Carr Died Suddenly at Oklahoma City

Rites Held at Enid Yesterday

John M. Carr,70, Frederick pioneer, member of the constitutional convention and who was responsible for creation and naming of this county, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the Skirvin hotel in Oklahoma, City of heart trouble. His brother, James, nephew, J. C. Johnson, both of Frederick and sister, Mrs. Chester Naylor, Wichita Falls, Texas, left for Enid Wednesday morning and attended the rites, held there at 2 p. in. Thursday.

Other survivors are his widow, the former Miss Mina Moore whom ne married at Blackwell in 1896 and these brothers and sisters: Mrs. L. A. Johnson and Mrs. Ona Varner, both of Augusta, Kansas; Mrs. R. L. Haynes, Shawnee, and T. W. Carr, Del Norte, Colorado.

Decedent was born at Gallatin, Tenn., Dec. 31, 1866; he removed with his parents to Kansas in 1882 and later went to Colorado where he remained several years. Carr made the run to the Cherokee strip in 1893 where he filed on a claims in Kay county. He and wife came to this locality in 1904 and for a time he engaged in the hardware business, his partners at different times being A. Lair, Ben F. West and A. H. Pritchard, now all deceased, and his brother, Jim. Carr owned some farms west of Frederick and was active in the Masonic lodge and other bodies and in the Presbyterian church while here.

For a time he was a member of the city council and took a great interest In politics. He was elected
member of the constitutional convention, defeating the late Dr. .K. 0. Cull, the Republican candidate. Of all the offices he ever held he was most proud of having sat in the constitutional convention together with three later governors -C. N. Haskell, R. L. Williams and W. R, Murray.

Carr moved to Enid about 1915 and was associated with W. P. Anderson, formerly of Frederick, in the Chevrolet agency several years. He served Enid as mayor two terms, 1926-1930 and some of his admirers sought to have him enter the race for governor or congressman.

Carr was master of the Masonic lodge at Enid one year. He was successful in his business ventures and owned considerable property, including a large apartment house in Enid.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher

Last Updated:  Monday, November 07, 2005 01:29:27

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